Salma Arastu Biography
Berkeley based Salma Arastu, a native of India’s Rajasthan, has been creating and exhibiting her paintings internationally since the 1980s and her art works, whether paintings, sculptures or poetry speak of human universality. Her art form and techniques are greatly inter-woven with Arabic Calligraphy, Miniature Arts and Folk patterns, her major influences through her travels. Born into the Hindu tradition in her native India, and embracing Islam later on, she has enjoyed the beauty of these two distinctive traditions first hand. At birth, she was given the life-defining challenge of a left hand without fingers.. As a visual artist she has almost 40 solo shows to her credit, won several awards including East Bay Community’s fund for artists in 2012 and 2014, City of Berkeley’s Individual Artist grant award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Her three works are in public places and five books published with her poems and paintings. Submitted images are from her residency at Morocco in March 2018.
Dedicated to true expression through the arts.